Dr. Maya Angelou, (Marguerite Ann Johnson) Born April 4, 1928


~ A Brave And Startling Truth ~
We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delightlive coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life.If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.Love costs all we are and will ever be.Yet it is only love which sets us free.A Brave and Startling Truth.It is possible and imperative that we discoverA brave and startling truth.When we come to itWe, this people, on this wayward, floating bodyCreated on this earth, of this earthHave the power to fashion for this earthA climate where every man and every womanCan live freely without sanctimonious pietyAnd without crippling fearWhen we come to itWe must confess that we are the possibleWe are the miraculous, the true wonders of this worldThat is when, and only whenWe come to it. 
~o✣o✣o✣o✣o✣o~
Maya Angelou’s poetry is best experienced in her own voice. Set that to music and you get the sublime experience that is Buckshot LeFonque’s (led by Branford Marsalis) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

Dr. Maya Angelou, (Marguerite Ann Johnson) Born April 4, 1928

~ A Brave And Startling Truth ~

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

Love costs all we are and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free.
A Brave and Startling Truth.

It is possible and imperative that we discover
A brave and startling truth.

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
And without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

~o✣o✣o✣o✣o✣o~

Maya Angelou’s poetry is best experienced in her own voice. Set that to music and you get the sublime experience that is Buckshot LeFonque’s (led by Branford Marsalis) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”


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